General Assembly 2010

Briefing Document on GA Overtures now available

PPF has compiled an analysis of peace related overtures before this year's General Assembly.

Click here to download the Briefing Document

Pre-GA: Violence and values: The ACSWP report

by Leslie Scanlon
Presbyterian Outlook

Presbyterian minister James Atwood knows what it’s like to be shut down on the issue of gun violence.

A while back, while visiting a congregation in a community with multiple victims of a mass shooting, Atwood raised the question of how churches can get involved. “We shouldn’t be talking about that here,” one man responded hotly. “That’s a political issue, and it’s not appropriate for the church.”

That question – exactly how the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) should respond to the gun violence that claims 30,000 lives a year in the United States – will be put directly to the 219th General Assembly when it meets in Minneapolis in July. The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) is asking the assembly to consider a 20-page report from a study group that “challenges our society’s fatalism and numbness in accepting the highest gun death rates in the world.”

Convocation of Peacemakers Video

A great video of a great event!

Thank you to Andrew Patterson for his wonderful videography work!

Overtures on Gun Violence

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) has included in its recommendations a resolution on Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call.

Click here to read the full resolution

Presbyterian response to comments about Middle East Study Team report

The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has issued a statement in response to published comments about the Middle East Study Team report that will be considered at the 219th General Assembly (2010) when it meets this summer.

Overtures to General Assembly

Four Presbyteries have overtured the General Assembly to take a strong stance against the war in Afghanistan. (Click here to view the overtures).

National Capital Presbytery has also proposed a bold overture calling the denomination into a time of discernment to consider whether God is calling the church "to embrace nonviolence as our fundamental response to war and terror."

For these and more on PPF at the 219th General Assembly (2010), Click Here.

Overture on Nonviolence

One of the most exciting overtures before the 219th General Assembly, this overture from National Capital Presbytery begins,